Oedipus Rex By Oedipus The King

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Oedipus’ evolution throughout the Theban plays is one with fascinating twists and turns. Oedipus’ characterisation evolves and changes as he experiences the fall from being the great ruler of Thebes into a blind beggar who is tortured by what he did. As the stories progress, so does their protagonist to the point where the Oedipus of the second play is a completely different man. In Oedipus Rex, the main character is portrayed as a strong and clever yet arrogant king whose ignorance leads him to his downfall while in Oedipus at Colonus, he is a changed man who has accepted that his fate is out of his control and who respects the gods’ influence on human life. In Oedipus Rex, the title character displays many great heroic qualities. He is portrayed as a good ruler who cares for his people and aims to protect the city he has been trusted with. From the moment he solves the Sphinx’s riddle, Oedipus’ relationship with Thebes begins and with it the implicit trust its citizen place on him. It’s obvious from the very beginning of the play that he is written as a strong capable ruler who takes his people’s needs into consideration. As the play opens, he says to the begging citizen: “You can trust me. I am ready to help, I’ll do anything” (Sophocles, line 13-14, p. 159). It shows the strong relationship he has with his people. Furthermore, when the Theban people beg Oedipus to act against the plague that has been troubling their land, it is revealed that he has already sent Creon
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